Dutch Fork at Westwood
In a game that will determine the Region 4-4A championship, 7-2 Dutch Fork takes on undefeated Westwood. The Silver Foxes, last year’s Class 4A Division 1 champions, have won five in a row, led by quarterback Tate Fant’s passing and Shrine Bowl rusher Matt Colburn in an offense that posts nearly 500 yards per game. Westwood has averaged 389 yards, with Andrew Plante rushing and Nick Leveretter under center. The Redhawks have a strong margin of victory in their wins, averaging 44 points and allowing eight, but Dutch Fork has similar margins, scoring 46 points and allowing 11.
Brookland-Cayce at Airport
The 5-4, 1-3 Brookland-Cayce Bearcats won 21-7 in the rivals’ first matchup on Aug. 29, and the host Eagles are looking to avenge that loss. Airport has won three in a row, while the Bearcats have dropped three consecutive games heading into this rematch. The Eagles are rising, with Brett Burnett putting up 123 passing yards per game. Airport averages more than 300 yards rushing, with Kadarius Jackson posting 7.4 yards per carry and Kerryon Richardson 6.4 yards per carry. The Bearcats average 278 yards and 27 points per game. Their defense, led by Keyshawn James and Marquise Inabinet, has held opponents to 21 points.
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Pelion at Keenan
Both teams are looking to bounce back from losses in this region finale. Quarterback D’Marco Zeigler leads the host Raiders, who average 364 yards and 31 points. Pelion averages 26 points and is led on offense by running backs Ervin Green and Isaiah Jenkins.
The Panthers’ defense must keep Raiders leading scorer Tyreik Davis-Newton out of the end zone, and watch for big plays from Kendrick Gathers on special teams. Keenan’s defense, led by James Bass, has held opponents to 18 points per game.
Gilbert at Swansea
The Swansea Tigers have clinched the Region 5-3A title, and are looking for their sixth consecutive win. Their defense, led by Chris Brunswick, will have a huge task in containing Gilbert’s leading scorer Jakayus Leaphart. The big-gain running back averages 150 yards per game, and has posted nearly 700 yards in the past three games. The challenge for Gilbert’s defense is to counter the Swansea passing game – powered by quarterback Clay Lucas and receivers Craig Johnson and Quaevon Cannon – while limiting Chance Walker, who averages 8.6 rushing yards per carry.
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